Caribbean and Central America Off The Beaten Path

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Caribbean and Central America Off The Beaten Path

  • Luquillo Beach

    San Juan Off The Beaten Path

    We heard that this is Luquillo Beach - one of the most loved beaches in Puerto Rico (other than the Conde Nast winner: Flamenco), and so I was glad when it was included in the tour we got. Truly the beach is amazing – it was not cold at all. The waters were just lukewarm and the twins headed off right into the waters and I was running at them,...

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  • outside Nassau

    Nassau Off The Beaten Path

    This place isn't recommended for cruise passengers just making a quick stop in Nassau, but for those who are staying for some time and/or happen to come to the area west of Cable Beach, The Caves are a small oddity worth seeing: they won't set you back more than five minutes... unless you stop to have a fruit smoothie at the stand just outside....

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  • Los Tres Ojos - The 3 Eyes National Park

    Santo Domingo Off The Beaten Path

    Los Tres Ojos are 3 lagoons inside 3 caves, and then there's a fourth eye, an "open lagoon", that's not considered an "eye". All of them are fed by a subterranean river. The taíno people, the islands first habitants, used these caves for religious ceremonies. At the beginning all 3 caves were one but an earthquake made them in the shape they are...

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  • Outskirts of Antigua

    Antigua Guatemala Off The Beaten Path

    From San Pedro we drove through the old (that is the second) capital of Guatemala, Ciudad Vieja to this, the final village on our route. It was interesting to see that the abandoned capital was still a lively place, but with little of the grand architecture that makes its successor so special. On the outskirts some new, rather affluent-looking...

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  • Moped Rental

    Holguín Off The Beaten Path

    We rented mopeds and drove to many villages nearby and met the local cubans. Had a tour of their homes and learned a bit about their culture and everyday life. With us we brought many gifts for young and old. Knowing a little spanish really helps. Visited a Cuban School and handed out about 200 lollipops to all the local children!!

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  • Nature

    Santiago de Cuba Off The Beaten Path

    La Gran Piedra up in the Sierra Maestra is a splendit tropical rain forrest. From La Gran Piedra you can see all of Santiago de Cuba and on a clear day you can see as far out as Jamaica...

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  • Nature

    Trinidad Off The Beaten Path

    Valle de los Ingenios, unesco world heritage site, also known as Valle de San Luis, on the road to Sancti Spiritus, east of Trinidad. We passed in this valley during our trip to Santa Clara, there is a mirador on the road where you can stop and get a view of the valley untill the beach, the view is spectacular and definitly is worth a ten minutes...

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  • Nature/Eco tourism

    Cienfuegos Off The Beaten Path

    About 85 kms west of Cienfuegos is the town of Australia on the main highway. Turning south at that point takes you into the ZAPATA PENNISULA, three quarters of which is a swamp with lagoons and canals. Home of all kinds of wildlife, the government opened up a national park here, and have endevoured to create access points. One of these is known as...

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  • Grand Bahama

    The Bahamas Off The Beaten Path

    We were on our way to the east end and came upon this Lagoon. On the drive to the east end if you look down the little side streets you can see the ocean at the end. Venture down them, you won't regret it. Some very beautiful beaches and lagoons are at the end of these roads.

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  • Caving

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    Well as strange as it is cave tubing is quite popular and fun too. Most tour companies offer this excursion in San Ignacio, one of them being Eva's (it is a restaurant and bar, they offer excursions and the information they give is excellent, but don't eat at this place, it ain't so good). The cost of this excursion for a full day out, exploring...

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  • Nassau Town

    Nassau Off The Beaten Path

    This area is alongside the water on the Nassau end of the bridge to Paradise Island. There are smaller versions of some of the island eateries, like Two Brothers, and some that look like maybe one of a kind as well. further on down this street are produce stalls and around the corner at the end of the street the boats are tied up and fishermen have...

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  • Zona Colonial - Old Town

    Santo Domingo Off The Beaten Path

    Puerta de la Misericordia is usually not on the standard tourist retinue because it is a bit out of the way, but it still an interesting part of the city's history. The western-most gate in the city's defences, it stands beside the ruins of the San Gil Fort. The Puerta gets its name from the fact that, after a massive earthquake in 1842, a group of...

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  • Valhalla Experimental Station

    Antigua Guatemala Off The Beaten Path

    The Valhalla Macadamia Nut Plantation is an organic farm. The nuts fall to the ground when ripe, and they are harvested by hand. They have an outer husk as well as a hard shell. These guys built a husking machine that can process 1 ton per hour, and an old tire is one of the main parts. The nuts are dried and then go to a gravity-fed sizing...

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  • Nature

    Holguín Off The Beaten Path

    Many Cuban houses and farms off the road resemble this one. Some of them do not have doors or windows as it is too hot. Around the house you will most likely see chicken, cats and dogs... feel free to chat with the locals if you see them outside.

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  • Beaches

    Santiago de Cuba Off The Beaten Path

    Take the road from Santiago, east to Siboney Beach. On the way, you will pass twenty-six white monuments in memory of the heroes who died during the attack on the Moncada Barracks with Castro. At the "farm", where the attack was planned, you will see a museum display of the plan of attack, including the weapons. Then on to the beach - Playa Siboney...

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  • Local Arts

    Trinidad Off The Beaten Path

    A typical scenary in Trinidad - near the famous tower - making and selling handicrafts !! There is often a local market selling their products. To visit the tower itself - you have to pay a little fee - but the condition of the stairs is not inviting.The view on the nature from the highest point must be unique

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  • Malecon

    Cienfuegos Off The Beaten Path

    Next to the club another pearl of renovation and architecture in Cienfuegos Walking from the Hotel Jagua till the historical center of Cienfuegos will take about 45 minutes.But during day time you will be pleased by some panoramic views and beautiful houses.

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  • Out Islands

    The Bahamas Off The Beaten Path

    Green Turtle Cay- it is my favorite island in the Bahamas and probably the world. You can catch a flight to Treasure Cay from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, and then take a short taxi to the docks, where you can get a 15 minute boat ride for around $5. GTC is only 3 x 1 miles in dimension, so you can basically conquer the island in your rented golf...

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  • Cayo District

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    My one tip... as far as activities in Belize, would be if you are in the Cayo District, and have enough physical stamina... make sure to do the ATM caving expeiditon!!!! It really cannot be beat, and is unlike ANYTHING you will ever do elsewhere. Yes, it has some cave formations that are spectacular, but the archeological aspect added to it, of...

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  • Paradise Is.

    Nassau Off The Beaten Path

    IMHO the most beautiful spot on Paradise Island is the Versailles Gardens, just east of the One & Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island Drive. On the north side of Paradise Island Drive, the Versailles Gardens form a set of tiered lawns with hedges, flowers, ponds and statues. Aside from a couple of gardeners and maybe 2-3 other tourists, we had the...

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  • Jardín Botánico - Botanical Garden

    Santo Domingo Off The Beaten Path

    The Jardin Botanico, located in Santo Domingo, is a wonderful place for nature/bird lovers, families, joggers, couples, and just about anyone else to spend a morning or afternoon. The well-maintained park has a main road the loops around the entire garden, allowing you to see all parts easily. The Japanese garden is lovely and meticuously...

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  • Jocotenango

    Antigua Guatemala Off The Beaten Path

    the Casa de Azotea contains a coffee museum, a small costume museum,and Casa Kojom, a music museum. (Kojom means music in some Maya languages.) I especially liked the Music Museum. The woman working there not only explained the early instruments, she demonstrated most of them. A turtle shell struck with a deer antler makes a good rhythm...

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  • Religion in Cuba

    Santiago de Cuba Off The Beaten Path

    You will find some religious monuments in Santiago dated from the spanish period - like in the house of the former conqueror of this island - Diego Velasquez. But the actual religious situation is not very clear to me since the visit of the pope ! (Pic by J@C)

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  • About Cigars

    Trinidad Off The Beaten Path

    Go and visit one of the tabacco farms. The local farmer will offer you a cup of coffee and .... a cigar - special and unique production. The skill of these craftsmen is remarkable. Smokers think that cigars are expensive, with all this skill it is no wonder

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  • Beaches

    Cienfuegos Off The Beaten Path

    Before we reached Cienfuegos, we went for a nice relaxing swim. The water was beautiful and warm, the sand on the beach had a nice white colour. There was hardly anyone on the beach thus our tour group had it all to ourselves! On the way there, I managed to take a photo of one of the many political propaganda billboards on the side of the road. I...

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  • Nassau

    The Bahamas Off The Beaten Path

    After reviewing the pictures that I took while our plane was landing in Nassau I wanted to get a closer look at these homes. They are at the east end of the island not to far from the airport. Any hotel worker or local can tell you where the rich and famous live

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  • Cayes

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    During our exploration walk around Caye Caulker, after enjoying the main tourist areas along the reef side of the island, we ended up on Back Street and passed through the area where many of the resident locals live, mostly in small stilt houses similar to this one. The West side of the island is not as well developed as the Eastern (reef) side...

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  • Boats & Water Sports

    Nassau Off The Beaten Path

    Moored in the harbour I spotted this patrol boat. Its a shame you can't go aboard. I don't supppose its of much interest to anyone but ex-sailors, but I felt the need to snap a pic. For those who don't know, the Bahamas has assisted in international operations before. Their single largest loss of military life occurred in an engineroom fire on...

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  • Local People

    Trinidad Off The Beaten Path

    As usual in most of the cities - a "Casa de la Trova" to be visited - this time in Trinidad My second trip to this beautiful country was highlighted by visiting the local people - just a great experience - a must !

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  • Castillo de Jagua

    Cienfuegos Off The Beaten Path

    One can take a ferry from Cienfuegos across the Bahia de Cienfuegos to the Castillo de Jagua opposite. The ferry point is near Av 46, between Calle 25 and Calle 27. The first ferry of the day departs at 11am. The 8am and another one in the afternoon have been cancelled. Check out the time beforehand from the wall. As the ferry is for locals, the...

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  • Culture

    The Bahamas Off The Beaten Path

    I only could do some vinyl hunting on saturday morning, but all I found was a tape and a CD. Some old local pointed me to a store that was impossible to locate. What a surprise that I found this Bahamas record Caribbean Folk Music Ltd - CARIB B.I.T.O.-LP-1) in my Dutch hometown.

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  • Toledo District

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    If you get into the Toleda District be sure and go down toward the border of Guatemala , the Southern Hy. takes a hard left ( you really have a stop sign at a T intersection ) at a village called DUMP the signs will point to your left (going south) to contiune on to Punta Gordo instead go right you will have some rough roads but will see REAL Mayan...

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  • Sports

    The Bahamas Off The Beaten Path

    Enjoy the bountiful waters of The Bahamas aboard Brown's Fishing Charters and benefit from Captain Brown's 45 years of fishing success. Specializing in twenty four hour shark fishing, reef fishing and deep sea. P.O. Box N-31 Nassau, Bahamas Phone: (242) 324-2061Fax: (242) 324-1215

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  • Mayan sites

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    Xunantunich is a great little-known Mayan site near the western border of Belize near Guatemala. Built from 200-900AD, it showcases unusual stucco facades. The facades are different from other Mayan sites so even if you have visited other sites, this on is worth seeing.

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  • Placencia / Stann Creek District

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    I enjoyed Hopkins very much for the beaches and the relaxing atmosphere. I rented from Diana,who lives in the States(323)202-5257 for $50US/night for the entire family. It was a nice beach house with two bedrooms. it was a deal and it was fun.

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  • Misc Photos

    The Bahamas Off The Beaten Path

    It was the day before we left and we decided to walk around the neighborhood...I'm not exactly sure where it is, all I know it is somwhere in Paradise Island, we were wandering around and I saw this beautiful place, I'm not even sure if it was private hehehe but it was too beautiful to resist and not explore!

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  • Hummingbird Hwy

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    The Blue Hole Park is part of the Belize Park system which was established in 1981. The 'hole' is a part of a system of limestone caves and sinkholes which riddle this area. It isn't the same as the Blue Hole on Lighthouse Reef which has been extensively publicized by Jaques Cousteau. THAT Blue Hole is some 300 feet deep and is accessed by SCUBA...

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  • Eating

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    We chose Hopkins, Belize because it was a small town and not a big city. We took the opportunity to hop on a bike to go into town and mingle with the locals. While riding through the town, we discovered a small road off the main path and decided to follow it. To our surprise, it was a North American named Caitlyn who fell in love with Belize during...

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  • Diving / Snorkeling

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    The highlight of the childrens day was going out on the glass bottom boat so they could see the fish. After they got to a certain spot the boat anchored and everyone got into the water to snorkel or just play. We went out on several different ones and they were all good.

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  • Jungle Animals

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    we found this place after leaving the mayan ruins of labaantun .it was on the same road.we drove up a side road (4wheel drive needed)which went up all the way .and looked like it would dead end at anytime but finnally made it to the fallenstones hotel .the hotel was for sale at the time and not in operation but the butterfly farm is . a guide gave...

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  • Guatemala

    Belize Off The Beaten Path

    While staying in the town of San Ignacio we hired a taxi driver to take us to Guatamala. He stopped on the Belize side of the border and let us out and waited for us. We shopped at a small market just across the border. I took some video at the market but at the border was a army camp and i was told not to us my camera anywhere around the camp....

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  • Guanacaste Costa Rica

    I was there when they started poppingup guanacaste area for tourism, did some financing of AC units from Miami to supply the construction of hotels etc. It has become quite a bit of hit area now, on the Pacific, near punta arenas and jaco beaches is very nice.Costa Rica tourism will tell you more now at the official...

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  • Centroamerica's Highlights - El Salvador

    The capital can't be off the beaten path, of course. But we saw that the attitude of first world tourists towards capitals in general was very... um... un-nice. It's funny how people want the exotic and insist on not looking out for similarities. Every country wants a New York City in its territory! And if that sounds bad for Europeans and...

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  • Centramerica's Highlights - Costa Rica

    While everybody else uses this city as a stop before heading to the parks, we though that spending a day strolling down the streets of lovely Liberia was a good idea. We were well rewarded. The original architecture is well preserved, specially on Calle Real. Nice pictures, some chat with people from the place and a travel companion for the next...

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  • Centroamerica's Highlights - Belize

    Monkey Bay Lodge was a surprise in the trip. I'll tell the story in my page about it (look for under Belmopán). It's ecotourism as usual. But Matt and Marga, the expats who own the place, are great: they give you thehints, introduce you to other guests and help you join the activities university students are involved with, like the canoeing...

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